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When preparing for an all-important job interview , you might think that the most important thing to equip yourself with is what you’re going to say when answering specific types of interview questions. Something that you may not appreciate, though, is that the interviewer won’t necessarily only be paying attention to what you say – they’ll also be actively looking at how you approach...

The role of Project Manager is not an easy job; in fact, it’s many different jobs rolled into one and therefore demands a vast and varied skill-set. This is especially true in today’s rapidly changing world of work as organisations continue to adopt new technologies and transform their businesses to remain competitive. As a Project Manager, you’re a change agent working with various...

In our recent conversations with EAs, the topic of data is a common one. EAs tell us that their executives are aware that data-driven decisions make commercial sense and they want to harness available data to extract insights that will allow for more informed decision making. With that in mind, in this blog we share tips on how to ensure the data passed to your executive will help them...

Why do good employees quit? Turnover can be costly and with the supply and demand ratio tipping in favour of skilled professionals, retention makes sense as a strategy to fortify against skill shortages. Yet it seems that more managers will soon be questioning why their top talent is leaving, with the latest research showing that 40% of Australians plan to look for a new job in the...

No matter how well you prepare, there are always certain job interview questions that catch you off guard. Interviewers are aware of these questions. In fact, they often specifically ask them in order to gauge your ability to react effectively when under pressure or taken by surprise. So from an interviewee’s perspective, knowing how to answer these tricky job interview questions...

What do you want from your next job ? More flexibility, perhaps? To immerse yourself in a new and improved company culture? And probably a little more in the bank each month, right? These are the sort of rewards we all tend to look for when we decide to switch jobs, but naturally, money in particular is a key motivator for many. You may also, however, be a little anxious about...

By Daniel Dubbert, Director, International Contracting, Hays So you’ve asked all the right questions, completed the key steps to set-up on your own, found your first project and now you’re looking forward to your first day as an IT contractor. To enjoy a successful experience on your contract there are a number of things you’ll need to consider. Making the right first impression,...

Writing a cover letter to accompany your job application can really help you to stand out in the mind of a hiring manager or recruiter. Taking the time and effort to write one positions you as a proactive candidate who is genuinely interested in the role you’ve applied for. Before we begin – let’s go back to basics; what is a cover letter? This is a document that candidates sometimes...

As robots continue to join workplaces across the country, upskilling for career longevity has never been more important. But recognising the need to keep your skills relevant in the age of automation and undertaking this process are two very different things. In my last blog , we explored the importance of embracing, not fighting, automation and AI. We looked at why you must identify...

When applying for jobs , people often focus on their technical skills and experience. While these skills are essential to any job, they’re not the be-all and end-all of what employers look for in their next recruit. If you want to really stand out, you need to present a complete package to employers, one that helps them visualise you succeeding in the role – and that involves painting...

If you’re preparing for a job interview, it’s important to plan for all eventualities – including all of the different types of job interview questions you might be asked. So, to help you in your interview preparation, in this blog I’ll outline three different types of interview questions, why they’re asked and how you should answer them. Situational, competency-based and...

By James Milligan, Director UK & Ireland, EMEA - Technology & Project Solutions, Hays Are you thinking about leaving your permanent role and starting a career in IT contracting ? If so, this can be an incredibly exciting prospect, which will no doubt benefit your long-term career. You won’t be stuck doing the same thing day in, day out, and you’ll have variety in your job...

When it comes to recruiting new team members, most hiring managers fall into two buckets: 1. they’re either so busy that they find it hard to even find the time to prioritise hiring, or, 2. they’re so busy they simply can’t wait to find a replacement for a recently departed employee, as swiftly as possible. Worryingly, both scenarios can lead to an unnecessarily rushed hiring process,...

The automation of routine and repetitive job tasks is inevitable as robots continue to join workplaces across the country. But rather than fear that robots are taking over, EAs can benefit from automation – provided they take the appropriate action now. When we think of artificial intelligence and automation, we probably think of Alexa or Google Home, AI scheduling software and...

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here and rapidly gaining ground. Robotic automation is being used today in a wide range of industries to perform a wide variety of tasks, from automated self-service checkouts, automated bridge toll or ticket vending solutions and robots on assembly lines. It’s also transforming  accountancy and finance jobs  through the automation of...

“So, what are your salary expectations?” You know you are going to be asked this question at some point during your job search - it’s a key piece of information for both the recruiter and hiring manager. And yet for many, being asked this question is still enough to make you shift about uncomfortably in your seat. You’re not alone – many candidates find discussing their salary...

As a contractor, you will be more than familiar with the many benefits that temping brings, from the ability to gain a wide variety of experience and expand your network to improved work/life balance. And because of these benefits, contract roles are always highly sought after. This means that you need to set yourself apart with a great CV if you want to compete. However, the content...

You know what your best interview performance looks like, and that wasn’t it. Despite all of your careful interview preparation, the points that you wanted to make just didn’t come across in the right way. You felt nervous and uncomfortable, you went blank when asked questions, and you struggled to build a rapport with the interviewer. It may feel as if all of your best efforts have gone...

During your job search, you will no doubt find yourself faced with all kinds of difficult questions, from “Which is the right industry for me?” to “Should I accept this job even though it pays less?” Understandably, you’ll want to confide in trusted people – but be careful. You don’t want to end up with conflicting and confusing advice or have your own inner voice drowned out by too much...

The golden run of job growth continues, with demand for highly-skilled professionals now outweighing supply. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the tech world. Add the perpetual shift and evolution of technology, and each year continues to present different recruitment challenges for organisations to navigate. Here are 5 key challenges organisations face when recruiting tech...

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